Assistant United States Attorney

Criminal Division
Attorney
425 West Capitol Avenue
P.O. Box 1229
Little Rock, AR 72203
United States
18-ARE-10162449-AUSA
About the Office: 

The United States Attorney's Office prosecutes federal criminal offenses and represent the interest of the United States in civil cases. The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Arkansas (EDAR) is located in Little Rock and covers 41 of the state’s 75 counties. The office has 62 employees, with 22 Assistant United States Attorneys in the Criminal Division and 4 Assistant United States Attorneys in the Civil Division, as well as the United States Attorney, the First Assistant United States Attorney, Criminal Division Chief, and Civil Division Chief. More on the district can be found at www.justice.gov/usao-edar. We place a high value on diversity of experience and cultural perspective and encourage applications from trial attorneys from all ethnic groups, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Our Criminal Division investigates and prosecutes federal cases arising from a wide variety of criminal activity. The typical caseload for an experienced criminal prosecutor in our office may involve Fraud, Public Corruption, Computer Crimes, Child Exploitation, Violent Crime, Narcotics, and Asset Forfeiture.

Job Description: 

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Arkansas has one or more permanent vacancies for trial attorneys in the Criminal Division located in Little Rock, Arkansas. As a member of the Criminal Division, assignments may include the investigation and prosecution of fraud, public corruption, computer crimes, child exploitation, violent crime, narcotics, and asset forfeiture.

Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress.

All initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a 14 month (temporary) basis pending favorable adjudication of a background investigation.

Qualifications: 

The Criminal AUSA position offers a unique and challenging experience for highly motivated team players with the desire to litigate extensively. Applicants must demonstrate analytical ability, good judgment, organizational skills, excellent writing, and communication and courtroom skills. In addition, applicants must exhibit the ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with courthouse personnel, other attorneys, support staff, and client agencies.

Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least 3 years post J.D. legal or other relevant experience. United States citizenship is required.

Security Requirements: Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory pre-employment adjudication. This includes fingerprint, credit and tax checks, and drug testing. In addition, continued employment is subject to a favorable adjudication of a background investigation.


 
Salary: 
Assistant United States Attorneys' pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number years of professional attorney experience. The range of basic pay is $61,218 to $160,122 which includes 15.37% locality pay.
Travel: 
Some travel will be required, both in state and out of state, for casework and/or training purposes.
Application Process: 

Interested persons should locate the job announcement a the following link:  https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/493760700  or by visiting USAJobs.gov and searching for announcement number: 18-ARE-10162449-AUSA.

Click the blue "Apply" button at the top right of the page and complete the online questionnaire. 

You must attach a cover letter, writing sample and detailed resume with references to your online application.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, March 30, 2018
Updated March 13, 2018

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Department Policies

Equal Employment Opportunity:  The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer.  Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit factor.  The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice.

Reasonable Accommodations:  This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency.  Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Outreach and Recruitment for Qualified Applicants with Disabilities:   The Department encourages qualified applicants with disabilities, including individuals with targeted/severe disabilities to apply in response to posted vacancy announcements.  Qualified applicants with targeted/severe disabilities may be eligible for direct hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A (5 C.F.R. § 213.3102(u)) hiring authority.  Individuals with targeted/severe disabilities are encouraged to register for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Shared List of People with Disabilities (the Bender Disability Employment Registry) by submitting their resume to resume@benderconsult.com and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line.  Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at www.benderconsult.com.  Individuals with disabilities may also contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC).  See list of DPOCs.    

Suitability and Citizenship:  It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment.  Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Congress generally prohibits agencies from employing non-citizens within the United States, except for a few narrow exceptions as set forth in the annual Appropriations Act (see, https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/non-citizens/). Pursuant to DOJ component policies, only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Trustee’s Offices, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, qualifying non-U.S. citizens meeting immigration and appropriations law criteria may apply for employment with other DOJ organizations. However, please be advised that the appointment of non-U.S. citizens is extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All DOJ employees are subject to a residency requirement. Candidates who have lived outside the United States for two or more of the past five years will likely have difficulty being approved for appointments by the Department Security Staff. The two-year period is cumulative, not necessarily consecutive. Federal or military employees, or dependents of federal or military employees serving overseas, are excepted from this requirement.

Veterans:  There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service- connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his  or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

 

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